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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Plan To Be Developed For Expansion Of Park At Austin Dam

ruinsA Pittsburgh company has been hired to develop a plan for expansion of the park around the historic Austin Dam ruins, with a goal of linking it with Austin Borough. Officials believe that the project will allow them to capitalize on the broken dam’s tourism potential while expanding recreational opportunities.

Austin Borough Council, which is partnering with the Austin Dam Memorial Association (ADMA) to make the plan a reality, has accepted a bid from Pashek Associates, a landscape architect and community planning firm, for $60,600. Three separate state grants will cover the cost.

A major component of the project is a southern access point to the park that could link it with Austin Borough and establish a recreation trail with historical attractions between the two locations. Austin Borough owns about 17 acres that encompass the ruins of a paper mill and other deteriorated structures along Freeman Run. ADMA owns 76 acres to the north. Another 20 to 30 acres in the region are owned by Patterson Lumber Company. Potter County Today

12 comments :

Anonymous said...

Yet another waste of the taxpayers money ! When is the Austin borough council going to wake up and see that the people do not want this ?The money could be put to better use on other things for the town !This project has not helped the town one bit in the past 25 years !If you don't beleive me ask the local businesses ! I urge every one to call the borough office and tell them we don't need more so called park area ! Do something to create a job or two for locals !

Anonymous said...

Writer at 4:13 crawl back into your cave please. People from outside of Freeman Run Valley appreciate us more than some who live here.

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful opportunity for the Austin Area. The potential of bringing in many tourist,campers and hikers will help the local businesses. Austin citizens must remember Austin is the "town too tough to die" and "best town by a dam site" and embrace this. More local jobs will come.

Anonymous said...

if this is developed it will provide some jobs and it will bring business to the area this is history and it needs preserved for
generations to come. hats of to all involved.
keep up the good work

Anonymous said...

What part of "Three separate state grants will cover the cost" don't you get????

Anonymous said...

I attended the BioBlitz and the Dam Show this past year. Both events were excellent and the park was very impressive to people from several states who said they want to come back and bring friends. Campgrounds, hotels, gas stations, restaurants, beer distributors and other businesses would appreciate MORE attractions in the area. At the BioBlitz the only regret our student group had was that we did not find a new species because Dr. Shear was willing to give it a name like Austinus Dildinus or something like that. Maybe next time!

Anonymous said...

I would be all for it but it has never created one job and looks like it never will ! Do they pay taxes on the 76 acres ? What business is it going to bring to the area ? What jobs ? Name one in the past 25 years !

Anonymous said...

when i first moved to this area almost 20 years ago, as a kid i was fascinated by the dam and its history. growing up i'd always wished it would be cleaned up into the park it's become

good to see they will keep investing in it. it's a good piece of history

Anonymous said...

Seems like a waste of $60k to me for a STUDY...If you really want to link the dam area to the borough, I'm pretty sure there are enough local folks w/the expertise to figure out how to do and it get a good portion of the work done for that money...

Anonymous said...

I think it is an awesome idea. We are finally getting folks on board with out of the box ideas for our area. Go down toward Slate Run fly fisherman galore, etc. Tioga & Lycoming counties are counties we can definitely learn from in both Mckean & Potter. They utilize their God-given natural resources as a means to bring in tourists that are interested in biking, canoeing, fly fishing, etc. Maybe those towns along the Allegheny River can get their legislative reps to think about making the River more accessible to those interested in outdoor activities. A regatta would help generate local revenue & interest & this is just one idea. I am sure there are many more folks out there with great ideas to help promote our area/region.

Anonymous said...

I would be scared of all the rattlesnakes down there by the dam seems like a law suit waiting to happen.

Anonymous said...

The entire area is a lawsuit waiting to happen !Walking paths in and around these fallen down structures is a JOKE !